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NASM EXAM MUST READ (very long but useful)

Well I will say that I just passed my test about 2 hours ago and couldn't wait to get home and post on this site. A little about my Nasm experience....

My first attempt of the test was in Syracuse where I had to drive an hour and 15 minutes to take it. I had studied up to that point for about a month and being the awful test taker I am was pretty nervous. I really went in there thinking I was going to pass the test because I am so passionate and love training myself. I used to be very overweight 293 lbs with 39% bodyfat (I am now 190 lbs with 11% BF) and figured If I could construct my diet, workouts, and other things to help myself achieve goals I thought were impossible then why wouldn't I be able to pass a simple test? When I got there the lady told me I wasn't schedule to take the exam which totally threw me off guard and got me worried. I sat there and waited 45 minutes to take the test which shouldn't have been the case in my opinion. Long story short I failed with a 42 and not to mention I had to wait 20 minutes after the test to find out because the proctor was new and had no clue how to use anything. Pretty lame

My second attempt was in Buffalo where once again I had to drive about an hour and 15 minutes to take it. After really buckling down and going over everything again ie. reading the book cover to cover, listening to mp3's while I worked out, slept, was in the car, etc. I really thought I was learning and that I had the terminology down. Well I went there and took the test feeling good and was sure that I passed only to see my result of a 69. I was so pissed and down on myself and really thought about driving off the road. I felt like a failure and that I was stupid, dumb, and it just wasn't meant to be. But you know what I talked to my family and friends, and they re assured me that if this was something I loved and had passion for than I had to keep going for it. I agreed so I waited the ever so long 3 days and schedules a re-test for the following week.

My 3rd attempt I really took full grasp of everything and was not going to allow myself to #1 pay for the test again, and #2 not pass a test that was just a test. I knew I had to learn the terminology inside and out, and even though I can articulate it to people, reading it from a computer screen looks and sounds completely different in my head. This being said I learned and memorized The study guide inside and out, watched the DVD's while following along in the book circling important terms and subjects that I remembered from the test, read the book on its own, watched the DVD's again, made flash cards, re wrote charts, etc. I did everything imaginable to retain the information and terminology. Well I drove yet again an hours and fifteen minutes to take it again in Buffalo. I went in feeling negative, my mom came with me this time for support (she's the best). We talked to whole way and as positive as she was being, I was being so negative. Then as we got closer I changed to positive again and told myself I could do it. I went into the test and finished it in like 35 minutes. I knew everything. Things i circled in the book, a few repeat questions, questions from the quizzes, study guide, dvd, book. everything I read I remembered once I saw it. I am pretty sure that I got 100% on it. If I didn't, it was super close.

Here are my tips:
STUDY A LITTLE EACH DAY. I TRIED TO LOAD A FULL SEMESTER OF TOPICS, TERMS, AND CHARTS INTO MY HEAD IN A WEEK. HAD I PLANNED BETTER, I WOULD HAVE STUDIED A LITTLE BIT DAY BY DAY AND TAKEN MY TIME.

BE POSITIVE AND SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE.. TELL THEM YOU ARE STUDYING AND THAT YOU CANT WAIT TO PASS IT AND THEY WILL BE MORE APT TO HELP QUIZ YOU, AND LET YOU PERFORM THE OPT MODEL OF ALL PHASES OF ALL TRAINING TYPES ON THEM.

USE EVERYTHING NASM SENDS YOU BECAUSE NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS, EVERYTHING ON THE TEST IS IN THOSE MATERIALS (DVD'S, BOOK, MP3'S, STUDY GUIDE).

THE PRACTICE TEST HELPED BUT CONFUSED ME MORE THAN ANYTHING BECAUSE LIKE MOST, I MEMORIZED IT AND WAS EXPECTING THOSE QUESTIONS. MY ADVICE IS TAKE IT ONCE AND DONT TAKE IT AGAIN. IF YOUR ANYTHING LIKE ME YOU WILL JUST CONFUSED YOURSELF AND TRICK YOURSELF INTO THINKING YOU UNDERSTAND IT, WHEN YOU HAVE JUST MEMORIZED IT. THOSE QUESTIONS ARENT ON THE TEST TRUST ME. MAYBE 1 OR 2, BUT IM PRETTY SURE GETTING A 1 OR 2 ON THE TEST ISN'T A PASSING SCORE.

I see that a lot of people give specific things to study on here. Listen it is good to know and understand every thing in the book. Is everything on the test, NO thank GOD. But to be honest, I drove myself nuts looking for tips, advice, suggestions, key terms and other ways to pass this thing. I even paid money for 700 questions that honestly gave me information that I already had in all the materials NASM gave me. Just treat it as any other course you have ever take. By that I mean when you were in Middle School or High school or college or graduate whatever, you wouldn't just try and learn everything in a week or so right? well some people might, but i don't retain info like that.

I didn't even need this for my job I just had bought it a long time ago and it was about to run out so I decided to take it. I literally cried when I failed, I know that sounds lame, but I am serious. I was so frustrated that I couldn't pass it twice!

Moral of the story is I know that I worked my ass off for a certification I did not need, but wanted to obtain. It is a great certification and has helped me in the way I look at things not only as a personal trainer, but as a student as well. Other certifications and awesome too so go with what your gut tells you. I chose NASM because I had the extra money for it, it was credible, and taught me things I personally had no clue about and thought I did. All in all it was a success, because most successful people fail a bunch of times before succeeding. That doesn't mean try and fail, but if you do, whatever you do, DONT GIVE UP. I am on cloud nine right now and am about to go bust out a ridiculous workout to celebrate.

GOOD LUCK and I hope this helps! Study everything!!!!!! USE ALL THE MATERIALS, don't waste your time finding tips. KNOW EVERYTHING!

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Congrats on passing!
by: Will

Hard work finally paid off!

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definitely paid off
by: Anonymous

It's amazing what you can do when you actually stop blaming other people and start understanding that you determine your own success or failures.. thanks for the kind words

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I thought I was the only one feeling like this
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your post. You hit the nail on the head of what I am currently going through now so thank you. I'm not sure, if you respond to these posts but if you do I wanted to ask you some other questions...if not, thank you again!!!

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great message!
by: Anonymous

I'm speechless. Getting pover the hump can be one of the touhgest things to do in life. All good things come to those who persevere. Thanks for passing on this great message from your learning experience.

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Well Fought
by: Faisal

When there is a will, there is a way. I believe that's what you believe. Incredible, you set your goal and kept yourself inside the persistence life till your hand gripped the goal firmly not even giving a chance of slacking away or had been controlled by your outrageous failure feelings. Congratulations of having this great spiritual soul with high motivation fuel. Keep it burning with the right gas!.
if you don't mind I need to talk to you about this exam I do have a few questions, so please
send me a message whenever you like to answer them.

best regards
Faisal
eeeraser@hotmail.com

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Thanks for your input
by: Charlie

I wanted to thank you for your comment on the NASM test. I am having trouble learning the anatomy.Like "what muscle concentrically accelerates shoulder flexion and internal rotation" I am just not getting this. Is there anything you could tell me-i guess I could memorize it all, but I did read your input on that.

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thx
by: Anonymous

how many months total would you say that you studied?

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Big Thanks
by: Lumberjack

I am so Glad I took the time to read this. I am also very passionate about fitness and training. I have takin the NASM exam twice and failed as like you I studied and was sure a passing grade. Well i have 45 more days to take the test. I am taking your advice on this and will be looking for the Big passing A. Thank you a ton for your time to post this.


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My test was lost in cyberspace
by: Anonymous

Help. After passing my test, they are telling me they don't have any record of me taking it. Where cold the data go and how can I retrieve it. I didn't print it out because it kicked me off at the end before I could do so!

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hope!
by: roxie

I am just in the beginning stages of studying for certifications (going to take the action certification by the time they get nationally approved, and maybe nasm and or ace)

a thought went through my head.

What if i study hard, put into practice what i learn(volunteer training currently) and feel like i fully learn the course, yet not pass? what next?

well you answered that question!

if i truly believe in myself and this career and life choice, i will eventually pass

thank you

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Hello
by: Anonymous


Hello, I failed my first item too, are the exams exactly the same?

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This feeling ...
by: Anonymous

As I read your blog I was experiencing every one of your feeling. I attempted the test once and now I am studying for a retake. I am studying differently this time around. I was focusing on the wrong angle of the test and to my surprise found the questions easy, but these answers were not in my memory bank. Thank you for sharing and congratulations not solely on passing the test, but what you have accomplished for yourself. You will be and have been an inspiration to many of us. God bless!

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God Bless
by: Jake

Straight up Though, I haven't taken the test yet and the only reason is because i'm afraid of failure. But this is the most pointless thing to be afraid of, because you only fear the UNKNOWN ! your confidence boosted mine ! and i'm a natural athlete (180P 6'3 with 5%BF) the only thing holding me back was investing money and not passing. Why should i fear this when the only thing holding me back, is me? I do want to thank you as you have helped me gain the confidence i need to Jump in and KNOCK this test out with an A! no cheats or short cuts, just hard work and dedication and you can make anything happen, so god bless for your inspiring words ! and CONGRATULATIONS ! I will soon become a personal trainer and on my success path to becoming a Sports Therapist! THANK YOU brother !

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